Heavy Rain

Sunday February 28, 2010

How far are you prepared to go to save someone you love?

This is the question that Heavy Rain poses. Despite making you want a Klondike bar, it grips you by the throat and refuses to let go until it has wrung every last emotion out of of your waking soul!

OK. Maybe thats a bit much, but this game is one where I actually found myself scared. Not bad horror movie scared where the cat jumps out from behind the door, but bona-fide scared for my life, or rather, the life of one of my characters. Its hard to tell the difference sometimes. I actually had to take a minute during the second trial to regain my bearings and calm down. Heavy Rain's deliberate pacing and twisted story allows it to build tension throughout better than any other game I've played.

There were disconnects during the experience, which I'm very sad about, some lines were missed while character's mouths moved. I also experienced one or two small freezes, lasting a few seconds each, but those were all in the first chapter, so I quickly forgot about them. Regardless, Heavy Rain is incredibly compelling to play and has a phenomenal story which changes to some degree based on the actions (or inactions) of your characters.


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